|Chana Gonshor 14December2011 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Yoshi)|
Chana Gonshor was interviewed by Jordan Kutzik and Anna Gonshor on December 14, 2011 at the Montreal Jewish Public Library. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Chana Gonshor was born into a poor Jewish home in Warsaw in 1919 and was mostly raised by her grandparents. She attended Bundist and Labor Zionist elementary schools which taught every subject, other than Polish, in Yiddish. She spent much of her formative years in the Bundist Medem Sanatorium and is one of the last two surviving gradu...
Keywords: Yiddish language interview; Family history and stories re. ancestors; Yiddish Book Centehood; Jewish Identity; Yiddish language (feelings of/about; meaning; descriptions of); Yiddish teaching; Yiddish learning; Post-vernacular uses of Yiddish; Immigration; Migration; and place; Other Jewish languages; Visual Arts; Press; Radio; Literature; Poetry; Ethnography; Scholarship; Holocaust; Education; Religion and ritual; Family traditions; Jewish holidays; Eastern Europe; Soviet Union; United States; Canada; Politics and political movements; Food and culinary traditions; Transmission (intergenerational; cultural; social... parenting); Jewish community (descriptions of place and social dynamics in a particular time); Urban; Assimilation; Travel; Family history; stories about ancestors; Yiddish language; Immigration; Migration; Other languages; Scholarship; Academia; Transmission; Jewish community; Tsisho; Yosl Mlotek; Medem Sanatorium; Bund; 1930s; 1940s; 1950s; 1960s; 1970s; 1980s; 1990s; 2000s; 2010s; Warsaw; Montreal; Canada; Halifax
|Cecile Kuznitz 19dec2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Christa)|
Cecile Kuznitz is the Director of Jewish Studies at Bard College and an Assistant Professor of Jewish History at the college. In her interview she discusses growing up in Howard Beach, Queens, working at the YIVO Institute, her scholarship in the field of modern Jewish history, and her relationship to Yiddish. The interview begins with a discussion of Kuznitz’s family background. Three out of four of her grandparents were born in Eastern Europe...
Keywords: National Yiddish Book Center; Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; Bard College; YIVO
|Kalman Weiser 19December2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center (Allie)|
Kalman Weiser was interviewed by Pauline Katz on December 19, 2010 at the Association for Jewish Studies Conference in Boston, MA. This interview is entirely in Yiddish. Kalman Weiser, the Silber Family Professor of Modern Jewish Studies at York University in Toronto, begins by talking about his family background. Raised in Staten Island, in a Jewish, but not particularly religious, environment, Kalman heard Yiddish as a child, and knew that it was in some way tied to the identity of preceding g...
Keywords: Yiddish language interview; Yiddish Book Center; National Yiddish Book Center; Wexler Oral History Project; nybc; ybc; Yiddish; Jewish culture; Advice; Family history; stories about ancestors; Childhood; Jewish Identity; Yiddish language; Yiddish teaching; Yiddish learning; Yiddish revival and activism; Post-vernacular uses of Yiddish; Ethnography; Career and Professional Life; Scholarship; Academia; Education; Jewish education; Religion and ritual; Eastern Europe; United States; Canada; Politics and political movements; Transmission; Jewish community; Urban; Kalman Weiser; Brooklyn; Staten Island; Toronto; New York; Rachmiel Pelts; Mordkhe Shaechter; Noyekh Prilutski; Max Weinreich; Bina Weinreich; York University; Yale University; Columbia University; University of Washington; Uriel Weinreich Summer Program; YIVO; Yidish Lige; University of Michigan; Yiddishism; Haredim; Modern Orthodox
|David Shneer 12july2010 Yiddish Book Center - Yiddish Book Center|
Professor David Shneer, Director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Colorado, was interviewed by Emma Morgenstern on July 10, 2010, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts. Long-time faculty member of the Steiner Summer Yiddish Program at the Yiddish Book Center, Shneer received his undergraduate, M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of California at Berkeley...
Keywords: steiner internship program; yiddish; studying yiddish; gay synagogue; jewish studies; yiddish music; queer jews; torah queeries; yiddish culture in post-war germany; anti-semitism in russia; soviet jews; advice for yiddish students; yiddish speech